Elizabeth Rich (1969-2021)
After high school, Elizabeth moved from New Jersey to NYC, where she attended the New Actors Workshop, moving to Chicago for its theater, and ultimately returning to New York. In Chicago, she earned a B.A. in English from the U of I, working to implement drama projects for school-aged youth. Throughout her time as an actor, Elizabeth celebrated success in theatre, film and TV.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Lisa and Gregg Kornfeld, niece Hannah and her husband Connor Lawrence, nephew Ian Kornfeld, brother and sister-in-law David and Anita Patent, nephews Andrash and Theodore Patent, uncles Paul Patent and Hardy DeYoung, and aunts Ellie and Marti DeYoung. The family recognizes Elizabeth's extensive network of friends, some lifelong, as her chosen family.
Elizabeth always showed up with curiosity, generosity, kindness, and with her legendary entertaining humor. She loved words, writing, emotion, and possessed an understanding of the many attributes that make us human. The world is not the same without her in it. We are humbled in grief.
Elizabeth's theatre awards include the Helen Hayes Nomination and the Jeff and After Dark Award for her performance as Hannah Arendt in Hannah and Martin (Timeline/Theater J) and the Talkin Broadway Citation and MITF Best Actress Nomination as Liz for Couldn't Say (The Abingdon). Her notable theatre credits include Jean in Good People (Cleveland Playhouse), Allison in RX (Primary Stages), Varya in The Cherry Orchard (Steppenwolf), Kristine Linde in A Dolls House (The Goodman), Mother in The Pillowman (Steppenwolf), Mde. DeFarge in Tale of Two Cities (Steppenwolf), Stella in The Scene (The Alley), Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51 (Theater J), Brenda in Other Than Honorable (The Geva), and Masha in Enemies: A Love Story (The Wilma).
Elizabeth’s film credits include: Wait It Out, Side Effects, Knee High, The Couch, Wings and Beer, and The Transfiguration of Harold Maines.
Elizabeth’s TV credits include: The Good Wife, Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, Law and Order, Deputy, When they See Us, Happy, Search Party, Bull, Rise, and Law and Order: SVU.